The True Cost of Hardwood Floor Refinishing
Hardwood floors are a beautiful and valuable feature in your home or business. Solid wood floors, in particular, offer a naturally warm and rich look and feel. There are many options for the wood species, type of plank and how the wood is coloured and finished.
When it comes to hardwood floor refinishing in Calgary, many people are unsure how a refinished floor will turn out. They are even uncertain if the floor they have can be sanded. Most hardwood floors can be refinished. And in most cases the end result turns out better than the original.
In fact, there are so many options that it can feel overwhelming to the home or business owner. It is difficult to know where to start when it is time to refinish.
Solid hardwood floors offer a durable flooring solution for any Calgary home. They can literally last decades, with some hardwood floors lasting for well over 100 years.
When you break down the cost over the life of the floor it literally becomes one of the best investments you could ever make in your home.
Restoring the floor to its original glory is where you get the return on your investment.
Hardwood Floor Refinishing Calgary & Area
Your wood floor needs to be refinished over time because the floors become worn and scuffed. They get major or minor scratches, dents and blemishes that you’d prefer not to have.
Thankfully, solid hardwood floors can be restored to their original beauty by refinishing them. For best results, Calgary flooring contractors, like Urban Tree Flooring, can ensure that your floor is refinished properly.
Beyond taking a floor back to its original condition, we can help you redefine the look and finish of your floor. Revealing the unfinished wood can spark some fresh ideas for stains and finishes, depending on what type of wood is used.
You may have painted hardwood floors, which can be taken back to their unfinished state, ready to be redefined.
The true hardwood flooring cost is not only determined by dollars spent. The quality of the products and workmanship of the refinishing job are also key.
The cost to refinish hardwood floors is determined by the expertise and care placed into them once they have been installed. The price of hardwood flooring has many factors.
The value of the finished job will weigh heavily on the experience, skills and products used by your hardwood refinishing company.
Hire a professional floor refinishing company that focuses on quality of service and products. Your floor will look its best, for the longest time.
It is best to view your refinishing project as an investment in your home’s value. It is a reflection of your quality of life. The dollars spent will provide a return in investment for years to come.
To refinish flooring, you need to consider a number of steps:
1. Proper Assessment of Your Hardwood Floors
It is essential that you consider flooring options when it is time to refinish your hardwood floors. Perhaps you are installing hardwood floors to achieve a new look or have painted wood floors or require hardwood floor repair.
It is best to approach the restoration process with an understanding of your current floors and what you ideally want.
Assessing your needs and wants before you start will avoid costly mistakes. For example, you may find that you would prefer to start fresh with a new style of floor board entirely. For example, you may wish to switch to the popular wide plank hardwood flooring. There are many types of hardwood floors to choose from.
Assessing your project properly also includes determining project size and scope, labor costs and sanding equipment needed. These factors are of course best determined by a refinishing expert who has experience is this area.
2. Product Selection
Choosing the right products for the job is also a critical step. You will need to consider the type of flooring material needed, including colours, stains and finishes for your refinished floor. In some cases, products, such as wood filler, may be required for wood repair and replacement.
At Urban Tree Flooring, we use only the best for all of our projects. From carefully sourced wood species and plank styles, to Bona products, we’ve got you covered.
3. Sanding Hardwood Floors
Wood floor restoration requires taking the existing floor back to being unfinished hardwood flooring. This requires the right sanding equipment, such as drum sanders and a powerful dust-free sanding truck.
Our Urban Tree team uses a 1200 CFM vacuum trailer, which filters the dust outside of your home. It is a superior solution to other “dustless” sanding solutions. This approach ensures a healthy, clean, efficient alternative for home owners.
4. Stain and Finish the Floor
Urban Tree Flooring can help you choose the best hardwood floor finishes. We use Bona products and are Bona Certified Craftsmen®.
The floor has been sanded first to reveal the unfinished hardwood. This step flattens and removes any previous imperfections, old stains, scuffs and scratches. A wood filler is then applied to fill any voids.
The floor is then fine sanded and water popped to condition the wood for the staining colour process. The finishing coats are then applied with a water-borne polyurethane as a protective layer.
There are many hardwood floor stains and finishes from which to choose. We can help you test and choose the best solution for your home and lifestyle.
5. Understanding Floor Maintenance Needs
All types of flooring require some level of maintenance and cleaning. Hardwood floors are relatively easy to maintain.
We can help you choose the right hardwood floor cleaning products. This approach keeps your floors in their best condition, for the longest time.
Apart from cleaning the floors, you will also need to consider how to fix scratches on hardwood floors. It is possible to buff the scratch out yourself. However, you can always reach out to your contractor for help with hardwood floor scratch repair if needed.
6. Humidifier Concerns
A building’s owner should also be aware of the benefits of proper humidity levels for hardwood floors. Cracks and gaps naturally appear in wood floors over time. This is especially true in Calgary’s extremely dry climate and significant temperature shifts throughout the year.
Calgary hardwood floor refinishing cost ultimately is based on the quality of the products and workmanship of the job. Each project is unique.
We recommend reaching out to a flooring company that has the proper training, choice of quality products and experience. This way you can get the best results that will last for years and years.
You can expect to pay thousands of dollars for a quality floor restoration. In the long run, it is a worthwhile investment to your home’s overall value and your quality of living. It is still more cost-effective and efficient than replacing the floor entirely.
For a free consultation for your hardwood refinishing project, contact Urban Tree Flooring today!
We proudly serve Calgary, Cochrane, Canmore, Banff, Bearspaw and Springbank and surrounding areas in Southern Alberta.